News And Events

News And Events

Welcome to the New Orleans Branch of the ESU

We've had an event-filled and fun year!  This was the international celebration of Shakespeare's 400th memorial year, and several of The English Speaking Union of New Orleans' programs revolved around this anniversary.  In February, the Branch sponsored its annual, high school Shakespeare competition at Tulane and our regional winner went on to compete in New York in the Nationals.

The Branch hosted a program by Tulane University's English Department Head, Mike Kuczynski in May.  He spoke about successfully bringing a touring First Folio copy to Tulane.  In May, the Branch also hosted international author, Andrea Mays and she spoke about her current book, The Millionaire and the Bard.

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New Orleans Branch Christmas Tea

ESUUS New Orleans Branch Christmas Tea 2016

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Annual Christmas Tea

You're cordially invited to attend our Annual Christmas Tea on Sunday, December 11, 2016 (2:00pm - 5:00pm)

Location: Home of Ricky Lemann
                 1819 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

Complimentary Valet Parking

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Evelyn Wrench Speaker Program Region VII, 2016-2017

ADRIAN TINNISWOOD, OBE
Distinguished British historian and author

The Long Weekend: Life in the English Country House, 1918-1939

Drawing on thousands of memoirs, unpublished letters and diaries, and the eye-witness testimonies of belted earls and bibulous butlers, historian Adrian Tinniswood brings the stately homes of England to life as never before, opening the door onto a world half-remembered, glamorous, shameful at times, and forever wrapped in myth.

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ESU NOLA Calendar Of Events 2016-2017

September 12, 2016,  7-9 p.m.,  Patron Members' Party,  Home of Miss Courtney-Anne Sarpy

October 10, 2016 - Oliver Everett – Windsor Castle, Its History and Occupants; 6 -8 p.m. , Ralph's On The Park

November 10, 2016 - The Royal Oak Foundation: Anne Sebba- Les Parisiennes: Women in Wartime Paris; 6:15 p.m. Academy of the Sacred Heart, 4521 St. Charles Ave.

ESU members $30; Non-members $40. Register at www.royal-oak.org/lectures

November 17, 2016 - Adrian Tinniswood, OBE – The Long Weekend: Life In The English Country House 1918-1939;
6:30-8:30 p.m., 6330 St. Charles Avenue

"Round Table Club Members – No Charge;
ESU Members $30 and Non-Members/Guests $40

Books available at program for $30 each, cash or check preferred. Author available to sign

December 11, 2017 - Annual Christmas Tea at the home of Ricky Lemann   2-5pm

March 5, 2017 - Annual Shakespeare Competition - 
2-4pm - McWilliams Hall at Tulane University -
Attending members reception following, TBA

June 11, 2017 - Queen's Birthday Brunch, High Noon to 
2:00 pm at
  New Orleans Country Club

July 21-22, 2017 -  Folger Teacher Workshop at
Tulane University 

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The New Orleans Chapter of The English Speaking Union invites you a Wolf Hall inspired program:

Greed, Lust and Murder: King Henry VIII, The Tudor Court, and How It Changed England Forever

presented by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA, Boston, MA.

Address:  6330 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 70118

Time: 6:30 PM. 

Date: Friday, May 15, 2015

Cost: $35 member, $45. non-members.

Champagne Reception to follow.

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Save the Date for our Upcoming Events!

April 8, 2015 Rene McEldowney, PhD – Love, War and the Creation of the British National Health Service

May 15, 2015 Curt DiCamillo – Greed, Lust and Murder: Henry VIII and the Tudor Court and How it Changed England Forever
http://dicamillocompanion.com/Lectures.html

June 7, 2015 - Queen's Birthday Brunch

November 3, 2015 – Sir Evelyn Wrench Speaker: Sir Christopher Hum, former British Ambassador to China

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ESU NOLA Calendar of Events 2014-2015

August 16, 2014
Museum Fine Arts Houston Day Trip – Houghton Hall Exhibit & Bayou Bend Collection

September 30, 2014
Evelyn Wrench Speaker Series Admiral John Lippiett – The Mary Rose; Round Table Club

October 17-19, 2014
ESUUS Annual Conference, Newport RI

October 18, 2014
Royal Oak Foundation co-sponsor : Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden; Longue Vue House and Gardens

November 7, 2014
6:30 p.m. – Nov 9 to 12 p.m.
Natchez Revisited weekend; Monmouth Historic Inn with tours by Jeff Mansell, Nat'l Park Service of Melrose, downtown, The Elms, Elgin Plantation, Dunleith and Stanton Hall

December 14, 2014
3-5 p.m.
Christmas Tea

January 8, 2015
Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial; Creole Queen dinner and cruise and program: Dr. Sam Cavell – "The Real Battle of New Orleans: the egos, the mistakes and the dumb luck that made an American victory" 7-10 p.m.
Co-sponsor ESU Jackson, MS

March 1, 2015
National Shakespeare Competition 1-4 p.m. at Celebration of Shakespeare at Tulane University
Winner,Camille Albarez of Covington High School, teacher Gary Mendoza; Runner Up, Cortlun Melton of Breaux Bridge High School, teacher Jan Corzo; 3rd Place Winner, Kristen Swanson of Hammond High Magnet School, teacher Deidra Disher 

May 15, 2015 
Curt DiCamillo – Greed, Lust and Murder: Henry VIII and the Tudor Court and How it Changed England Forever
http://dicamillocompanion.com/Lectures.html

June 7
12-2 p.m.
Queen's Birthday Brunch, New Orleans Country Club
Theme - "The Queen's Garden Party" 

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Shakespeare Set Free Institute is Coming to New Orleans

The New Orleans Branch of the ESU is proud to sponsor a Shakespeare Set Free Institute in New Orleans this July. These are two-day interactive, intensive, non-residential institutes for middle and high school teachers in partnership with the world renown Folger Shakespeare Library. 

For more information about the Institute or to Register,
Click Here

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Lafayette student wins Shakespeare competition

Josiah Price, a student at Early College Academy in Lafayette, placed first in the state Shakespeare competition. He received an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to compete in the nationals at Lincoln Center on April 22. If he wins in New York, Josiah will then win an all-expenses-paid trip to study acting in England. The annual competition is sponsored by the English Speaking Union (ESU). This is Josiah's first attempt at the competition, performing a monologue from OTHELLO and one of Shakespeare's sonnets.

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